The ACCESS Constitution and Bylaws describes the structure and workings of the Association. It details the duties of the Officers, Representatives, and Delegates; Standing Committees; conduct of Elections; Bargaining and Ratification of the Master Agreement; and Amendment of the document. It was last revised in October, 2013. Click here for a PDF copy of the 2013 ACCESS C&B.
Purpose of the Association, from Article II of the ACCESS Constitution:
“The purpose of the Association shall be to:
- Protect the welfare and advance the professional interests of its members,
- Advance the educational interests of the students and clients of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.”
Officers and Executive Committee:
- ACCESS members elect the President, Vice-President, and Treasurer for two year terms.
- The Secretary, and all At-Large, site and specialty area Representatives are elected annually.
- The Officers and Representative meet monthly as the Executive Committee.
- The Officers and the Executive Committee conduct the business of the Association.
- Standing and ad hoc Committees exist to implement Association programs.
- Members may serve on Committees upon appointment by the President and approval of the Executive Committee.
General Membership Meetings (also known as the Association Assembly):
- The Association Assembly is the supreme governing body of the Association.
- General Membership Meetings are held twice per year to elect Officers, At-Large Representatives, and Delegates to the NEOEA and OEA Representative Assemblies.
- A General Membership Meeting is held to report and ratify a negotiated Master Agreement.
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